I’m having to take a hard look at this lately. In John Maxwell‘s ‘The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership’ The Law Of The Lid’ is the first Law. It states that: an organization can only go as far as its leaders ability or capacity to lead. Where the leaders boundaries are, so are the boundaries of the organization.
So, how do you push the boundaries? In Seth Godin’s ‘The Icarus Deception’ he makes it simple. He says, take a look in the mirror. If you just look at you for a moment, cut out blame, circumstance, self imposed limitations and the myriad levels of crap we heap on ourselves, there is a moment of clarity. The moment is simple, it says clearly: it’s all on me, I am both the problem and the solution and I have a choice. I can move forward, create, learn and lead…. or not.
No matter where you are and what you do, you are leading. Even at the most basic, you are leading yourself. You are leading your career, your personal life, your relationships. If it’s not working, it’s you.